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J. G. Fischer

Dr. Johann Gustav Fischer, a prominent naturalist and zoologist in Hamburg, Germany, was born in Hamburg on March 1, 1819, and died there on January 27, 1889. He was an instructor at the Johanneum in Hamburg, and also maintained a close relationship with the Museum of Natural History there. His primary fields of study were reptiles (especially snakes), amphibians, fish and birds. He described 106 reptile and six amphibian taxa, and had a number of species named in his honor.

Many of Fischer's scientific papers were published in in the 1840s-1880s in the Jahrbuch der Hamburgischen Wissenschaftlichen Anstalten, the Abhandlungen aus dem Gebiete der Naturwissenschaften herausgegeben vom Naturwissenschaftlichen Verein and the Verhandlungen des Naturwissenschaftlichen Vereins von Hamburg-Altona." His herpetological collection is preserved at the Center for Natural History at the University of Hamburg.
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